ClassBOUNDARIES & BORDERS: The Final Frontier: Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy in the Modern Era
Crossing borders and being a stranger in a strange land are essential tropes of science fiction and fantasy. These days, SF/F writers are vanguards when it comes to exploring what it means to transgress social and cultural borders in works like those of Nnedi Okorafor and Jeanette Ng.
In this class, we'll look at the history of the genre and its current leading voices. Emphasis will be placed on fundamentals of good writing and good science fiction in novels and short stories. We'll be covering such topics as getting the science in science fiction; world building of alien and future cultures; and the differences between character-driven and plot-driven stories.
Students will be encouraged to bring story ideas for brainstorming, and as the class progresses, finished works for critique. We'll conclude with sessions on manuscript submission, the route to publication, and how to survive the dreaded rejection with resilience.